When a subject is being discussed by one group and the 'camera' cuts to another where the dialogue seemingly continues, is in answer to, or is vaguely linked to the first scene...but isn't really linked except on a stylistic level.

'''For example:'''

--> '''Bob:''' I'm sorry Samantha, I don't think I can see you anymore. We just aren't right for each other.\\
''Cut to a different group of characters''\\
'''Leslie:''' You can't see me?\\
'''Jessie:''' Yeah! You've turned completely invisible!

The context and subject have been changed, but an element of the last conversation has been carried over, creating the impression of a clever link when none actually exists. Often takes the form of a question.

See also: SwitchingPOV. Contrast AnswerCut, IronicEchoCut and TwoScenesOneDialogue, where the dialogue is intrinsically linked. Compare MatchCut, when it's done with an object.

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

%%* A 90's commercial for Denny's featured a long string of these among the various patrons.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In the second to last chapter of ''FruitsBasket'', Tohru and Kyo affirm their love in front of her mother's grave and walk off hand-in-hand, followed by a "''NO!''" from the direction of the grave, and two pages of disembodied dialogue lamenting Tohru's fate...[[spoiler: which is revealed to be a flashback to Kyoko's dying thoughts as she panicked that her daughter would be left alone, and reveals she actually wanted Kyo to watch over her.]]


[[folder: Comics and Graphic Novels ]]

* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' uses this repeatedly, especially at scene changes from the [[ShowWithinAShow comic-within-a-comic]] Tales of the Black Freighter to the main plot-- for example, from the newsstand owner talking about how newsvendors are tough survivors, to a shipwreck survivor standing on a beach crying. Or from Nite Owl saying "It'll be like coming home," to the shipwrecked man finally arriving on the mainland. "I could be no more than twenty miles from Davidstown. I was home."


[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* From ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Calvin:''' ''[to the [[LiteralSplitPersonality dark Socrates]]]'' You borrowed bits of that speech from something, didn't you? I don't know what, but you did.\\
'''Sherman:''' ''[outside, trying to fix Socrates' transmitter chip]'' I borrowed bits from an old software. I should be able to trick the chip's systems into thinking it's an all-new upgrade.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/AustinPowers'' does this [[OverlyLongGag multiple times]] in its famous 'Johnson' joke montage.
* At the very beginning of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'', Finn [=McMissile's=] interrupted dialogue while escaping the Lemons' oil rig is suddenly finished by Mater in Radiator Springs.
* A non-verbal example in ''Film/LetterNeverSent'', a movie about four geologists searching for diamond deposits deep in the Siberian forests. Tanya and Sergei are digging in the trench when he seems to lose his senses, and approaches her menacingly as if to rape her. A clearly frightened Tanya says "Sergei, you're tired", and he snaps out of it and leaves the trench. The next shot shows Tanya sobbing in the trench, seemingly frightened by her experience—but in fact she is sobbing from joy and overwhelming emotion, as she has just found the diamonds.


[[folder: Literature ]]

%%* ''Literature/{{Aquila}}'' was very fond of this.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' has a cut from Keli telling Cutwell, "I think there's something I ought to tell you" to Death saying [[/folder]]

[[folder: THERE IS? ]]
because Mort has just said the same to him -- then lampshades it with a passage about the technique.
* Common in the novel ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''. Often, it's done so subtly that you don't even realize you've changed scenes until a few sentences in.


[[folder: Live-TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' uses this sometimes. A character will be walking through the hospital and pondering their predicament, and their thoughts fluidly pass into another character's thoughts by sharing the same dialogue. This happens a few times in a row and the characters' problems are pretty much entirely unrelated. Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6P57A7kVUs&t=7m36s one bit]] of one of the better examples:
--> '''Carla's Narration:''' ...In a lot of ways, I guess I'm as stubborn as he is. I wish I could make some sense out of...\\
'''Janitor's Narration:''' ...this. Thirty cents to be exact. Damn riddle! Easy, Janitor. You'll get this.
%%* ''OneTreeHill'': Many episodes use this with a single word, as well as with questions.
* One episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has an infamous example of this:
-->'''Willow:''' "Dawnie, you can help me research. We'll hop on-line, check all the—"
-->[SmashCut to Buffy in an asylum, a doctor talking to her parents.]
-->'''Doctor:''' "—possibilities for a full recovery, but we have to proceed cautiously."
** Used for GettingCrapPastTheRadar when vengeance demon Anya is trying to get someone to unwittingly curse Xander.
-->'''Buffy:''' Anya, Xander's my friend. I know what he did was wrong, and ... if it had happened to me, I'd--
-->'''Anya:''' (hopefully) Wish his penis would explode?
-->''[SmashCut to the Magic Box.]''
-->'''Dawn:''' I never use that word anymore. [[note]]The word 'wish' that is.[[/note]]
** This is a RunningGag in "Pangs" when Buffy is trying to organize a Thanksgiving Dinner and hunt down the MonsterOfTheWeek at the same time. Conversations on the latter keep cutting to [[SeriousBusiness equally serious]] conversations that turn out to be about food.
-->'''Buffy:''' ''(noticing something has been stolen from a museum case)'' Early 1800 Chumash knife. There's a picture.
-->'''Willow:''' What's it look like?
-->''(Cut to Buffy in Giles' kitchen)''
-->'''Buffy:''' Pretty darn scary...it more like a riot than a Ralph's. I thought I was going to have to use Slayer moves on this one woman who was completely hoarding the pumpkin pie filling.
* Likewise on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' when the action cuts between one of Crichton's hallucinations and what's happening in real time.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had an episode where a TV reporter was trying to find out Superman's identity, repreatedly calling it "the story of the century", one of which cuts to Perry at the Daily Planet talking to his reporters about an unrelated story of the century.


[[folder: Music ]]

* The ''Miss Susie song'' could be considered this. Each verse has a LastSecondWordSwap which leads into the next, unrelated verse. Such as:
-->Miss Susie had a steamboat\\
The steamboat had a bell\\
Miss Susie went to Heaven\\
The steamboat went to\\
Hello operator\\
Please give me number nine...


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* There's an {{Improv}} Theater Game called "Freeze" that has this as its base. It uses two pairs of people: one pair starts a scene and at some point "freeze" or another stop word is called, the other pair go up and start their own completely unrelated scene using the last line from the first scene as their first line. Then back again, with both scenes continuing.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051021 this]] scene. And yes, if she were there, that was what ''she'd say'', most likely.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

%%* ''DragonBallZAbridged'' occasionally does this to tie an episode together. Sometimes, they'll cut between two plots repeatedly like this.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

%%* Featured at least once in every episode of {{Archer}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
--> '''Cartman:''' ''(watching the Queef Sisters at his house with his friends)'' "Dude! What the hell is this disgusting crap?!"
--> '''Philip:''' ''(watching the Queef Sisters at CBC with Terrance)'' "What the hell is this disgusting crap?!"